Dogen The Zen Master ~ 07

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 31 Jul 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 57min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:41:15.
Live music after the discourse.
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video Available, duration 1h 58min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle DOGEN07
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Dogen wrote:
Practice is identical with expression, and vice versa. To express the way all day is to practice the way all day. In other words, we practice something impracticable and express something inexpressible....
Each day's life should be esteemed; the body should be respected. So if we can really get the Buddhist function even in a day, such a single day can be said to be more valuable than countless idle lives.
Therefore, before we have realized the way, we must not idle away even a single day. Such a single day is too precious a treasure to be compared with a fine jewel. Ancient wise persons held it dearer than their body and life.
We must think quietly that a fine jewel and a rare gem, though lost, may be acquired again, but that a single day in a hundred years of life, once lost, never returns. No matter how skillful we may be, it is impossible to bring back even a single day of the past. No history book says that it is possible....
Why does time deprive us of our training, daily and lifelong? Why has time a grudge against us? It is, unfortunately, because we have ever neglected our practice....
Without looking forward to tomorrow every moment, you must think only of this day and this hour. Because tomorrow is difficult and unfixed, and difficult to know, you must think of following the way while you live today.... You must concentrate on Zen practice without wasting time, thinking that there is only this day and this hour. After that, it becomes truly easy. You must forget about the good and the bad of your nature, the strength or weakness of your power.

Question 1
Our Beloved Master, often images arise of their own accord during discourse and the death phase of the meditation, and make whatever is happening stronger and more vivid. Can visualization help, or because it is merely imagination, is it useless?


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